Best Colors to Paint Your Basement


Typical basements don’t get much light. They are dark rooms with barely any windows if any at all. They usually have a low ceiling, making a room look even smaller than it truly is. A deck might hang over the only basement window you have, which hinders you from getting any natural light.

Does this sound like your basement? If so, we need to brighten it up with beautiful light colors to make this room feel bigger, or paint it with bold colors people wouldn’t expect!

In this article, we will share the best colors to paint your basement with you. So let’s make your basement the place to be and hang out. This will be a place where everyone feels comfortable.

Time to get painting!

Bold Colors

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One way to paint a small dark room is to give it a blast of fun color! Give this room some personality with fun colors that people will be drawn to. A dark to medium blue, red, yellow, or coral colors to give some thought. They are great colors that will get your attention instead of looking at how dark and dingy the room is. If you choose to go this route, I would suggest keeping everything else light, such as the furniture, floors, and décor. Also, with colorful rooms of personality, make sure you have a lot of artificial lighting to keep it bright.

Maybe painting all the walls this pop of color is a little much for you. But you still want a little bit of these colors in your basement. That’s okay! I have the perfect solution. Paint the walls these “in your face” colors and add tall white wainscoting. This covers most of the paint, leaving a little color towards the ceiling.

If you’re not too keen on the wainscoting, only give one wall this pop of color and make it a feature wall. This keeps an excellent color in your basement without it being overbearing.

Light Colors

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Aren’t crazy colors your thing? No problem! When you don’t know what color to pick, sticking to the basics always looks terrific. Light colors give a room a bright, open, and airy feeling. You can’t go wrong with that!

White and off-white keep a clean look. You can dress this up with pops of color within the furniture and décor.

Any tone of gray works every time. Gray has been a staple color that gives beauty to any room, especially small and dark ones. You can match anything to gray, making it easy to decorate a room! Elle Décor shares the 20 best gray paint colors according to interior designers, and here are some of them:

  1. Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams
  2. Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore
  3. Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore
  4. Cloud by Dunn Edwards Paint
  5. Conforth White by Farrow & Ball
  6. Downpipe by Farrow & Ball
  7. Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore
  8. Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore
  9. Lamp Room Gray by Farrow and Ball
  10. Sleigh Bells by Benjamin Moore

As you can see, there are a ton of stunning grays that will transform your basement!

Match Your Personality

Pick a color that gets you excited to walk into a room. Whatever that color can be accented by furniture, flooring, décor, rugs, and anything else you desire to have in your basement. So paint your basement, then enjoy it!

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